Our hours are Mon-Tue-Thur-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-8:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:00 Noon. We are closed on Sundays.

Learn More

1953 Kaiser

Carolina Sedan

Offered At


Convert Currency

Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. $313 /YEAR insurance
Body Color
Engine Size
350 V8
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic

1953 Kaiser Carolina Sedan

1953 Kaiser Carolina Sedan

Kaiser, the man, reacted to the big three expanding to V8 power, by adding to the lineup of Kaiser automobiles for 1953. The first was the Dragon, the most expensive Kaiser ever, which resulted in just 1,277 copies being built. Having covered the top end of the market, Kaiser then rolled out the Carolina, the Dragon's opposite number, intended to attract shoppers into showrooms so they could then be steered, (as surreptitious company bulletins to dealers made clear), into more expensive Kaisers such as the Manhattan and, yes, the Dragon. It didn't work. Kaiser lost $10 million in 1953, and both the Dragon and the Carolina were dumped at year's end, while the vultures began circling the remains of Kaiser's car-making operations in North America.

For consignment, a rare Kaiser for only 1 year of manufacturing the 1953 Kaiser Carolina. This example has been rodded with sight changes to the body but overall retains its original charm. It now sports a 350ci crate motor and is all straight rust free and bathed in a beautiful blue hue.

A unique front end for this Carolina which actually has no grille per se. It uses a pointy bulbous shaved hood which is flanked by frenched single circular headlights with their bezels within the front quarters, not in the outside. A horizontal wide V shaped chrome piece with inset turn signal on either end and a small wrap around to the front quarter hovers above a small open space which is quickly filled with a curved bumper and center guard just below. This chrome is beautifully preserved and works with the blue to form this interesting lead in. The hood is now vented and actually the vents feed an under the hood scoop which is directed at the air cleaner of the 350ci V8. Just behind is the eyebrow windshield, and I can't get away from picturing Lightning McQueen and has roving eyes within this space! But I digress, and as we move to the back over the very exaggerated curved roofline which ends with another eyebrow shaped rear glass, we meet up with chromed toppers which could be construed as small fins. These end at the back where on either corner sports a large bulbous taillight. Just below these is a massive bumper corner which melts into a curved rear bumper with a center guard on this as well. These massive bumper corners make room for an ultra-wide stainless-steel rocker trimming that runs from front to back on either side. The rest is a beautiful blue hue, well minded gaps and smooth easy curvaceous lines. 15-inch Weld polished wheels are on all 4 corners.

Feasting our eyes on this nicely finished interior which uses taupe broadcloth and vinyl we start upfront with a padded dash in taupe vinyl. This dash design is angled inward as it rounds the top and dives down to another horizontal metal taupe painted shelf if you will. Within this shelf is a radio delete chromed panel, a few knobs and pulls, ash receptacle and ignition. In front of the rally padded leather Lecarra steering wheel complete with the factory Kaiser center hub/horn button is a circular speedometer with a halo just above which houses gauges like gas, water temp, oil and amps hovering above the circle. On the bottom of the dash neatly installed vintage air is looking as original to the car! Very well-done tan seats have a center tuck and roll broadcloth insert and some piping to delineate the tan vinyl bolsters that make up the front and rear benches. Door panels use this pattern and materials as well, and all this floats in a clean sea of like new tan thick pile carpeting. A shout out to the headliner which is taupe and tight as a drum with no smudges or tears.

A lift of the vented under hood scooped hood, and we see a completely restored engine bay also in the blue hue. Within these confines is a great looking 350ci V8 engine, which has cast valve covers and a snazzy “shamrock” opening styled air cleaner covering. This takes air from the scoop and pushes it with fuel into a 4-barrel carburetor. On back is a 700 R4 4-speed automatic which works in tandem with a 3.00 rear axle. A like new radiator, black supple hoses to the engine is in front and throughout braided stainless hoses and anodized fittings have been used. Headers are for the big exhale and hook up with Flowmaster exhaust and mufflers.

Some slight patina but virtually no rust and solid structural framing holding clean rust-free floor pans in the centers. Rockers are all looking good, and exhaust snakes its way to a pre rear wheel well rocker exit on either side. Power disc brakes are on the front, and power drums for the rear, with independent coil spring suspension in front and leaf springs in the back.

Since I've never even seen one, let alone driven one I snapped at the opportunity for the test drive. Here on the test track, it moved gracefully with speed and acceleration, shifted smoothly, and stopped on a dime bias free. The interior is just perfect and even the Vintage Air blows cool. All other functions were working just great.

The Kaiser Carolina which was destined for a mere 1 year of production now slightly rodded and looking distinctly Kaiser but with some improvements, nice paint, and the 350 cubes to whisk you down the superhighways and byways. Come on in and take a look, I bet you've never seen one!

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.